Centre-stage at the market for Abbey Green tree.

Centre-stage at the market for Abbey Green tree.

Sunday, May 21st marks the start of a regular monthly Sunday market in Bath’s Abbey Green.

And taking pride of place will be the ancient giant Plane tree in its centre which has been given a new look.

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The Plane tree is thought to be one of the oldest architecturally planted trees in the world – arriving as a sapling in 1793.

B&NES has finally conceded that planting new turf around its base every year was a waste of money as the grass was always dead by the time summer was over.

Instead they are trying something a bit different.

A spokesperson told Bath Newseum:

‘The Council has been working with Bath Tourism Plus and the Bath Business Improvement District (BID) to find a solution that is more appealing, durable and authentic.
The soil surface has been carefully removed using an air spade to prevent damage to the tree and will be replaced by a self-binding gravel, a type of surface used historically.’

Traders are pleased to see the job has been completed in time for Sunday’s inaugural market.

I spoke to one of them. Laurence Swan owns both the Georgian Tea Rooms and the Bath Bun Tea Rooms and is a Director of Bath BID.

The Independent Bath Market  in Abbey Green will feature up to 25 stalls. A selection of  small independent family businesses, makers, growers, crafters, artisans and producers from the local area.


Silvana de Soissons of The Foodie Bugle

The monthly market is the brainchild of Silvana de Soissons of The Foodie Bugle   in Abbey Green.

A statue that looks good enough to eat?

A statue that looks good enough to eat?

Bath is not exactly running a surplus on public sculpture.

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The statue of Queen Victoria at the Victoria Art Gallery.

Apart from Queen Victoria – sitting half way up an art gallery wall – and poor Rebecca getting no more than a dribble from her well – the majority of stone figures surround the Great Bath – the centrepiece of the city’s Roman remains.

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The Rebecca Fountain.


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Emperors and Governors at the Roman Bath.


However, the wonderful world of commerce is fighting back.

Never mind promoting water, this little fellow welcomes you at the doorway to ‘great food’ – and not far away, a Regency period dressed little lady looks good enough to eat.


On guard in the name of ‘great food’ eh?

This new kid on the block is promoting the chocolates you can buy inside the shop she welcomes you into, but l wouldn’t suggest trying to bite her.


A statue that looks good enough to eat!

Tempting though she looks, with her Jane Austen styled appearance, she is NOT made of the edible stuff.